© by Joyce C. Lock
Ga. 6:1, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the SPIRIT of MEEKNESS, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
How many times have we had the urge to Lord it over someone fallen; to look at them in disgust, to shun their very presence, to talk behind their back, to refuse their service, to forget all the good they've done, to spit in their face and kick them when their down?
Those who receive people in meekness have learned a very special lesson. In the right place, at the right time, under the right circumstance - there is no sin we couldn't be tempted with. Only by the grace of God that it isn't me. Where did we get the idea it couldn't happen to us? Don't we dare think ourselves any better (Ga. 6:3)!
If we weren't abandoned on a door step, raised in an orphanage or maybe even the ghettos; if we were raised with God fearing, loving, non-abusive parents who saw to it that we had the best education money could buy; if we've risen to places of prestige, prosperity, power, respect, and position ... how can we think we had something to do with it?
Sometimes, we forget where we came from and who brought us where we are (Ez. 16:21,22). If you ever find yourself in such a place - BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE!/p>
"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall," (Pr. 16:18).
Once we realize the full impact of it happening to us, not forgetting our beginning, we're more than willing to put ourselves in another's shoes, we're happy not to find offense (Ps 119:165) in their weakness (like we don't have any), meekness is no longer a chore, and we welcome restoring than as Jesus would've done (Ga. 6:2), as we hope someone would do for us (Mt. 7:12).
Caring more for their works than the needs of their soul isn't what the Apostle Paul was about (2 Co. 12:14). Reverting to legalism makes us the transgressor and frustrates God (Ga. 2:18,21).
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he also reap." So, choose to reap the best (Ga. 6:8, 16) ... or you might be next.
God takes it very personal how we treat His children.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.